CNN political commentator Corey Lewandowski tried to hide his face from the media when he stepped off Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's plane in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday.
Politico's Ben Schreckinger tweeted Saturday afternoon, "Lewandowski just got off Trump's plane with a hood pulled down way over his face."
Lewandowski just got off Trump's plane with a hood pulled down way over his face https://t.co/l9bgU1sPpC— Ben Schreckinger (@Ben Schreckinger)1476569824.0
Weather.com reported that Saturday afternoon temperatures in Newark were in the low 70s, so presumably Lewandowski was not shielding his face from the cold.
NBC political reporter Sopan Deb confirmed that Lewandowski has been traveling with Trump's campaign this weekend. Normally media personnel do not travel with Trump and his advisors. The CNN correspondent has faced conflict of interest questions since he left the Trump campaign and started at CNN. FEC records confirmed in August that Lewandowski was double-dipping by continuing to take funds from Trump while pulling down a paycheck at CNN.
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien confirmed that the arrangement appears to be ethically questionable.
"This is pretty unusual," she wrote on Twitter. "Generally speaking, a networks's Standards and Practices team would not be okay with this."
This is pretty unusual. Generally speaking, a networks's Standards and Practices team would not be okay with this: https://t.co/NEmPhgXJyP— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1476577356.0
As Carlos Maza of Media Matters noted, Lewandowski has helped Trump prepare for debates and remained in contact with the candidate on a daily basis, essentially acting as an adviser and strategist for the campaign.
On Twitter, many users expressed anger at CNN for continuing to employ a commentator who is for all intents and purposes still an active campaign staffer.
Conflict of interest. .@SopanDeb reports"CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski just got off Trump's plane here in Newark. Been w/him all day."— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮)1476584550.0
@SopanDeb @JTSantucci https://t.co/xF3D92OAOA— Sally (@Sally)1476561851.0